Memphis Shows Potential as a Health Care eCommerce Hub
With its "reputation for excellence in health care and logistics, and its growing high-tech community," Memphis, Tenn., has the potential to become a "hub of health care electronic commerce," the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Larry Henson cited several characteristics that contribute to the city's potential as a health care eCommerce center. First, Memphis has two major health care research institutes -- University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The city also has the second-largest concentration of orthopedic device manufacturers in the country. Further, Memphis has overnight air transport to and from "virtually anywhere in the country." Memphis-based PlanetRx.com COO John McAlpin added, "I think there's a definite opportunity here for Memphis, between the Medical community and the infrastructure surrounding Memphis and the Internet and the opportunity to tie all those together" (Watson, Memphis Commercial Appeal, 4/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.